Michael Graves Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Michael Graves

Birthday :

July 9, 1934

Died On :

March 12, 2015

Birth Place :

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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Michael Graves was born on July 9th, in 1934. He was a well-known American architect mainly due to his public commissions and contemporary architectural designs. For about 40 years, Graves was an architecture professor at Princeton University. Similarly, he was a member of The New York Five.

Early Life

Michael Graves was born on July 9th, in 1934. His place of birth was in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the son of Thomas B. Graves and Erma. Later on, Graves acknowledged the fact that his mother encouraged him to become an architect.



Michael Graves went to Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. He graduated from the school in 1952. After this, he went for his architectural degree at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated in 1958. He also went for his postgraduate studies at Harvard University and graduated in 1959.



Michael Graves' career as a professional architect began in 1962. Initially, he took the job as an architect professor at Princeton University. This is a post that he worked in for about 40 years. While lecturing at Princeton University, Graves came up with an architectural firm. At the time, he was designing local buildings, private residences, hospitals, resorts, and university buildings.

Together with the support of his firm in Princeton, Graves designed over 350 buildings globally. Besides, they also created about 2,000 household products.

During the late 1960s to the beginning of 1970s, Michael Graves spent most of his time designing modern premises. His best works include Fort Wayne, Indiana, Hanselman House, and Snyderman House. Similarly, it is during this period that he became a member of The New York Five. Other members in the group included Charles Gwathmey, Peter Eisenman, Richard Meier, and John Hejduk.

Things changed during the late 1970s as Graves became more inclined to postmodernism. His architectural designs changed from this time to the latter part of his career. Some of his earliest postmodernist works included the Plocek Residence which he designed in 1977.

As an architect, some of the best prolific works that Michael Graves is best remembered for include the Portland Building and the Humana Building. Other buildings that he designed include the O’Reilly Theatre, the NCAA Hall of Champions, 425 Fifth Avenue and several others.


Personal Life

Michael Graves tied the knot with Gail Devine in 1955. However, this marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage was to Lucy James in 1972. Likewise, this marriage was not as successful as the two separated. Graves had three children from his marriages.

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